Is the Death Penalty Justified? Essay

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Is the Death Penalty Justified?
Jessica Valentine
PHI 103 Informal Logic
Professor Stephen Carter
March 20, 2012

Is the Death Penalty Justified? The death penalty will always be a topic some people refuse to talk about. When in fact, it is a very serious topic and people should know how and why the death penalty is not justified. I believe the death penalty is not justified in the least bit because there are people sitting up in prison just living life because the state does not want to pay for an execution, or they find it to be morally corrupt. Personally if you committed a crime that resulted in someone dying then you deserves to die as well. The idea of killing another human does not sit well with people and that is mainly the
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There are homeless people living on the street that do not get three meals a day and definitely do not have a roof over their head and they have not committed a crime that has landed in prison yet they are suffering while the prisoners are living it up in jail. On the opposite side of the argument are those people who are totally against the death penalty saying things like “who are we to decide when another person should die?” when in fact if the person who is on death row for murder should lose their life just as they took the life of someone else for no apparent reason. The idea of keeping an inmate locked up in prison with no possible chance of parole seems to be the better thing to do than executing someone. Many will use the excuse “they did nothing to me, so why should I choose their fate”? Although many feel safer when criminals are locked up for the rest of their life there are some people who feel safer when those who have killed people are killed themselves. The constitution allows American citizens the right to bear arms and many Americans do carry weapons to protect themselves if they were to ever be in danger. So when a person defends themselves from being attacked they do not see it as they killed someone intentionally. The death penalty is a serious subject when you are a juror; sitting in on a case where you ultimately have to decide to take away the

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